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2012-05-22 02:18:00 PM
I no it
 
2012-05-22 02:20:52 PM
Huked on Foniks hazunt hellpt ethur
 
2012-05-22 02:23:08 PM
As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.
 
2012-05-22 02:23:31 PM
That's weird. Spell checkers have actually helped me how to spell more words correctly.
 
2012-05-22 02:24:49 PM

Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.


File that complaint in the section along with why 'through' seems like it should be pronounced 'througe.'
 
2012-05-22 02:42:42 PM

Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.


Ironically, I've never been able to spell intelligent correctly. I always replace the final "I" with an "E" ----> "intellegent"

And I know this, but my brain just keeps doing it.
 
2012-05-22 02:50:18 PM
I have a problem with definitely. I always want to put an "a" instead of an "i".
 
2012-05-22 02:50:37 PM
Y U thnk that?

/texting speak has farked things up too
//spell check makes my horrible spelling worse
 
2012-05-22 02:52:05 PM

basemetal: Y U thnk that?

/texting speak has farked things up too
//spell check makes my horrible spelling worse


I blame texting and twitter more than spell check.
 
2012-05-22 02:53:06 PM

Earpj: basemetal: Y U thnk that?

/texting speak has farked things up too
//spell check makes my horrible spelling worse

I blame texting and twitter more than spell check.


I do too, because from the emails I receive from many people... they clearly DON'T use spell check.
 
2012-05-22 02:57:36 PM

downstairs:

I do too, because from the emails I receive from many people... they clearly DON'T use spell check.


Annoys the shiat out of me. I suppose people have become immune to the red squiggle line.
 
2012-05-22 03:02:02 PM

Earpj: I have a problem with definitely.


So do I. I never type the E.
 
2012-05-22 03:05:57 PM

Earpj: downstairs:

I do too, because from the emails I receive from many people... they clearly DON'T use spell check.

Annoys the shiat out of me. I suppose people have become immune to the red squiggle line.


And, by default (I think) Outlook automatically spell checks before sending... and if there's a misspelling, an actual pop-up window comes up that forces you to at least "ignore".
 
2012-05-22 03:26:38 PM

Mugato: Earpj: I have a problem with definitely.

So do I. I never type the E.


Tritto
 
2012-05-22 03:28:08 PM
I don't use a spell check because I typically like to proofread before I send an e-mail. It makes me slow down and make sure that what I'm sending makes sense and isn't inflammatory. I don't take as much care when posting on the web, but I do try to use proper spelling and grammar.

When I'm on my phone...it's a lost cause. Farking autocorrect.
 
2012-05-22 03:33:43 PM

slayer199: I don't use a spell check because I typically like to proofread before I send an e-mail. It makes me slow down and make sure that what I'm sending makes sense and isn't inflammatory. I don't take as much care when posting on the web, but I do try to use proper spelling and grammar.

When I'm on my phone...it's a lost cause. Farking autocorrect.


I try to make sure things are correct, b/c I don't want to get called on it. (Grammar Nazi's are mean)

I just bought a new phone, and my Google Group laments the loss of my crazy auto-corrects...My new phone is much better at catching such things.
 
2012-05-22 03:34:18 PM
Your kidding, right?
 
2012-05-22 03:36:45 PM
A couple years ago I started making my passwords contain a word I have difficulties spelling. It has actually helped quite a bit.

Words that I always used to spell wrong:
-candidate
-definitely
-tomorrow
-answer
 
2012-05-22 03:37:44 PM

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Your kidding, right?


You're comment made me chortle.
 
2012-05-22 03:39:17 PM

Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.


well, if you happened to be studying law in louisiana, you'd have to learn to basically shut off the spellchecker, or add pretty much every other word in every legal sentence to the dictionary.

off the top of my head: usufructuary, immovables, filiation, dation, mortis causa, inter vivos, and the list really goes on, you will probably end up adding 100-200 words to the dictionary.

or just turn it off.

/ the worst, however, is when you mistype a word and its a real word, just not the right word. for example, motion to dismiss for failure to state a clam.
// ye olde bi-valve exception
 
2012-05-22 03:41:27 PM
What they have actually done is destroy English grammar usage.
 
2012-05-22 03:42:24 PM
I think we've stopped bothering learning to spell weird words that aren't spelled the way they sound because we can look them up fairly easily. For common words I think the average person spells just as well or better now than they did before computers.

/Or is it "then" ?
 
2012-05-22 03:44:52 PM

HellRaisingHoosier: Words that I always used to spell wrong:
-candidate
-definitely
-tomorrow
-answer


That's one I always spell wrong. Also, I usually spell "their", "thier". I think it's the "i before e" thing.

t.qkme.me
 
2012-05-22 03:46:17 PM
Spell check has actually helped me learn how to spell. I used to be horrible at spelling, don't know why I just never got the hang of it I guess. Over the years spell check has taught me how to spell most words I used to get wrong.
 
2012-05-22 03:47:12 PM
HellRaisingHoosier:
I used to do that with the kids. Make it a spelling word or something. Worked very well.
 
2012-05-22 03:47:41 PM

Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.


And yet "acknowledgement" is spelled with the "e".

/I always get one of those wrong.
 
2012-05-22 03:47:53 PM
I just sent out an email to over 800 people letting them know something was nescessary ...so I'm kicking myself.
 
2012-05-22 03:49:51 PM
I do not have spell check or autocorrect enabled. I have a big vocabulary which I know how to spell. However, there is little reason for people to learn spelling what with spell check and autocorrect. If you cannot spell "beautiful" without a squiggly red line beneath, who gives a damn?

Besides, I would blame the shift from reading and writing for the decline in spelling ability. People see words less, and humans are creatures of examples. Books are not the major form of entertainment anymore, and we can send a garbled string of consonants in a text or communicate via voice instead of needing to compose a letter. Spell check and autocorrect are not demons, merely simplifying something rather rote. This is akin to computation with calculators; a base is important, but we can spend time on schools and life doing more complex tasks our brains are truly designed for.
 
2012-05-22 03:55:37 PM
I couldnt spell worth a damn before spellcheckers were common so I love them. My favorite advice on spelling was to "sound it out". Which is great except this is English and few words are spelled the way they sound.
 
2012-05-22 03:56:46 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: I couldnt spell worth a damn before spellcheckers were common so I love them. My favorite advice on spelling was to "sound it out". Which is great except this is English and few words are spelled the way they sound.


My 13 yr old son spells phonetically.
 
2012-05-22 03:58:09 PM
I used to be an excellent speller. However, two things managed to screw it up: learning a second language (French), and moving to Canada. Canada uses British spellings, so I had to re-learn colour, behaviour, councellor, traveller, and accuracy was even more critical because my major at university was English. My trick is to print things out if I need to be really careful about grammar; something about the computer screen allows my eyes to just roll over egregious mistakes. I blame chat rooms.

A couple of words that still give me trouble (and left misspelled if they are):
embarrass
occassion
 
2012-05-22 04:02:42 PM
I find it hilarious that they picked one of the words that I always misspell. For crying out loud I know how to spell Czechoslovakia but I screw up nessisary. I suspect it is because if you spell it phonetically you are wrong.
 
2012-05-22 04:03:53 PM

HellRaisingHoosier: A couple years ago I started making my passwords contain a word I have difficulties spelling. It has actually helped quite a bit.

Words that I always used to spell wrong:
-candidate
-definitely
-tomorrow
-answer


Lincoln
 
2012-05-22 04:05:31 PM
I have always been a terrible speller. I never choose the correct vowel for some reason.
 
2012-05-22 04:06:33 PM
Even with spell check, I can't spell the word that starts with "n" and is a synonym for "required". Nesicary? Nessicary? Necessicary? Nessicccary? GAHH
 
2012-05-22 04:10:54 PM

Kazrath: I find it hilarious that they picked one of the words that I always misspell. For crying out loud I know how to spell Czechoslovakia but I screw up nessisary. I suspect it is because if you spell it phonetically you are wrong.


I have never been able to spell that word correctly. I'm also bad with 'availible.' I even try to remember 'a-vail-able' but half the time I still spell it 'availible.'
 
2012-05-22 04:12:14 PM
necessary

BAM! Got it on the first try.
 
2012-05-22 04:13:47 PM

BumpInTheNight: Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Your kidding, right?

You're comment made me chortle.


God, that is my biggest pet peeve. People who don't know the difference between your and you're.
 
2012-05-22 04:14:10 PM
I work at a publisher, and I'm getting a kick at the replies.

/I hate spelling the word "college" and "bureaucracy"
//And the difference between effect/affect, farther/further
///My editor in chief has difficulty reliably spelling the word "gauge"
 
2012-05-22 04:15:04 PM

pute kisses like a man: Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.

well, if you happened to be studying law in louisiana, you'd have to learn to basically shut off the spellchecker, or add pretty much every other word in every legal sentence to the dictionary.

off the top of my head: usufructuary, immovables, filiation, dation, mortis causa, inter vivos, and the list really goes on, you will probably end up adding 100-200 words to the dictionary.

or just turn it off.

/ the worst, however, is when you mistype a word and its a real word, just not the right word. for example, motion to dismiss for failure to state a clam.
// ye olde bi-valve exception


For you:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-22 04:17:41 PM
Janet: The company doesn't make mistakes.
Ted: What about that memo announcing "Casual Fribsday"?
Janet: The company said that wasn't a mistake. They explained that the ancient Mayans prophesied Fribsday, the first ever eighth day of the week which will occur in 2024. Which the company believes should be celebrated casually. I'm going to wear a denim pantsuit.
Ted: And when they urged all employees to "carpoop"?
Janet: That wasn't mandatory. Thank God.
Ted: Although we did find out what people would do to park slightly closer to the building.
 
2012-05-22 04:17:53 PM
The old style red underline was the thing that finally got me to spell correctly, as I had immediate feedback on when I'd misspelled or mistyped a word.
/still not that good--had to check misspelled
 
2012-05-22 04:23:44 PM

imashark: I work at a publisher, and I'm getting a kick at the replies.

/I hate spelling the word "college" and "bureaucracy"
//And the difference between effect/affect, farther/further
///My editor in chief has difficulty reliably spelling the word "gauge"


Than/then, who/whom, affect/effect... All these mistakes make me cringe.
 
2012-05-22 04:27:04 PM
I also blame Facebook, Twitter, and the innertubes.
 
2012-05-22 04:30:18 PM

bikerbob59: BumpInTheNight: Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Your kidding, right?

You're comment made me chortle.

God, that is my biggest pet peeve. People who don't know the difference between your and you're.


It's like their not even trying to use they're heads or something.

/it's taking a lot of will power to press the 'add comment' button on this one without fixing it :P
 
2012-05-22 04:36:38 PM
Exercise is my spelling nemesis. License is a close runner up.

And I went to both American and British taught schools growing up. My Zeds and S's, my ors and ours...ugh!

Spell check is nice when I've been writing all day and get to a word that looks odd, although intellectually I know it's correct.
 
2012-05-22 04:43:56 PM

Cythraul: Rincewind53: As an aspiring lawyer, it has taken me an entire year to force myself to spell "judgment" without an e (judgement). It makes no goddamn sense that it is spelled that way.

File that complaint in the section along with why 'through' seems like it should be pronounced 'througe.'


I thought rhymed with "cough"
 
2012-05-22 04:44:29 PM

PsyLord: I also blame Facebook, Twitter, and the innertubes.


I blame AOL.
 
2012-05-22 04:51:04 PM
Thank God that they have not yet destroked our ability to luau at Luc Orusel.
 
2012-05-22 04:51:50 PM
It's obvious that whoever wrote TFA doesn't use a spell checker as "Natioanl" would definitely be flagged as misspelled.

/Loves the irony of it all...
 
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